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town crier

(formerly) a person employed by a town to make public announcements or proclamations, usually by shouting in the streets.
Origin of town crier
First recorded in 1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Not only the proconsul, but the town crier also ascends the tribunal and appears wearing the toga like his master.

  • It was composed by a Mr. Thistlewait, the town crier, and is much admired.

  • One morning the capitan of the town sends a town crier around to announce an order to the people.

    Filipino Popular Tales Dean S. Fansler
  • The town crier started the game, kicked off the first ball at two o'clock, and stopped it at six.

  • In our talk, I assured him that in Philadelphia Franklin came and went and was less observed than the town crier.

    In the Days of Poor Richard Irving Bacheller
  • Nathalie now played the part of town crier and rushed hither and thither inviting the guests to their camp nest in the woods.

  • There is a quaint survival on this belfry, for upon it the town crier has a little hut.

    A Surgeon in Belgium Henry Sessions Souttar
  • Acting for him, the Secretary of the Council sent the town crier to summon all good citizens to the tavern green.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • She felt, too, that the town crier could truthfully announce that milady was returning to tea gowns for an indefinite period.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • The town crier unconsciously launched me into business, and soon I was floating on a high tide of political declamation.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
British Dictionary definitions for town crier

town crier

(formerly) a person employed by a town to make public announcements in the streets
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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